A retired sergeant from the U.S. Marine Corps is speaking out about the violent crisis happening in Iraq.
President Obama has notified Congress that about 275 military troops could deploy directly to Iraq to help with security at the U-S Embassy in Baghdad.
Protecting the United States is a dangerous job as terrorists work toward taking over more areas of that country.
Retired Sergeant John Moulder served six deployments between 2003–2011, defending the U.S. in Iraq for a large portion of those eight years.
Moulder said he doesn't agree with everything the Obama administration is doing now and the policies that they have put in place. He said even though the country is tired of war and conflict, he wants to see our military forces take a more pro-active approach.
"If we're truly and fully dedicated to bettering Iraq to the point where they can stand on their own two feet, and be an example for the middle east over there, then yes, we should definitely put boots back on the ground," said Moulder.
Moulder now works for American Combat Elites, a training center located in the Ogden area where they use military style self defense to increase fitness.
During his time in the military, Moulder says he trained over eight thousand marines, has been in a popular war movie called "The Hornet's Nest" and has won multiple military awards including a Purple Heart.
Moulder says that it's difficult to watch what's happening in Iraq right now. Even after all the blood, sweat, and tears he poured in, Moulder says he wishes that he could do more.
"Honestly it makes me want to go back. Not to say that I'm a war monger or anything because that's not what I am," said Moulder. "But I believe in freedom and I believe in protecting the weak. That's what we do and it makes me miss it a lot."
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